Everything you need to start, develop further, reform, manage and lead an effective small group program for your church!
Small groups are designed to meet the deepest relational and learning needs of the congregation. Small groups can help provide the framework for us be challenged to worship God with joy, passion and conviction, by learning who I am in Christ so we can develop the trusting faith in Jesus as Savior and LORD. We will be better able to build Christ-centered friendships, and then be equipping others to impact the world all for our Lord's Glory.
Why Should I be in a Small Group?
Use this article for recruiting, to help encourage your people why they should be in small groups.
In Acts the Bible tells us we need to be in relationships for our personal and spiritual growth. As Paul and the early Christians taught and received teaching "from house to house," we too must respond in our walk with Christ in each others homes (Acts 5:42; 20:20)!
All About Small Groups!
Getting to Know You, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17) The Small Group is the prime platform for establishing and instilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission that Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 12:29-31. The Small Group is also the vehicle with which to develop and experience authentic relationships and growing discipleship. This builds a Church of authentic community, poured out to His precepts and being in relational intimacy and fullness in Him. This is what we are called to emulate from our Lord. Because people will be...
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matt. 18:20) Small Groups are the way to grow your church in Him! Your church is called to make Small Groups! So what can you do? Start to think small! For God to do something big in your life and in your church, you need to start thinking small-Small Groups! Small Groups are important and essential. They are the primary and best means to learn and grow in our walk with Christ. All Christians who are serious about their faith should be in a Small Group.
How to Form New Small Groups
Catching and producing a 20/20 vision for your church! How do I recruit people? Have each group always be open to new people if possible. Some groups want to be closed; that is OK for them, but for most, having a small group of no more than 8 to 10 participants makes enough room for two more then you can split them up in two. Thus, the small group itself is the primary recruitment vehicle and...
Talking your Way out of
How to deal with Small Group conflicts!
This is a basic step by step biblical process to solve conflict personally or
in a church. Most problems seem complex; intertwined with so many people and so
much hurt and communication ills, they seem overwhelming and hopeless. But, that
is not the case; most problems have just a few simple components to them that
can be isolated and dealt with.
Using Small Groups to Develop Christian Accountability
What is accountability? It is a check and balance system to protect us from harm from ourselves and others. We do this by being open to what we are thinking and doing so we can receive encouragement and reproof, when needed. Christian accountability is accounting for what we are up to. It is the realization that we are liable, responsible, and answerable for our actions in life to God, as well as to key Christians in our life. Thus, we need to hold to our beliefs and keep in line with what we believe so it does not distract us from God's path for us or discourage others from their path.
Here are some key Accountability questions you can ask yourself and/or have a mentor ask you. "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." -- James 5:15-16
More Tools on how to have a Great Small Group Ministry
Becoming a Lighthouse of Prayer
"The most effective evangelism tool ever developed!" Billy Graham Many years ago I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and we started this program on how to better reach our neighbors with prayer. Later on it was infolded into "Mission America," our Ministry Partner and the Association that Into Thy Word is a part of. So, it is natural we have for you a "How to Develop a Lighthouse!"
TEN WAYS TO IMPROVE Relational Skills
Faithful to my Lord's commands, I still would chose the better part; Serve with careful Martha's hands And loving Mary's heart...
A Simple Format for Prayer
Insights from "Teach Me to Pray" by Dr. William E. Sangster.
Leading the Church to be People of Prayer
A few Key Principles to Jumpstart your Church on the Road to His Path!
Suggestions for Effective Group Prayer
We are going before the presence of God, and must do so with glad hearts and a wiliness to be together in unity and love.
Word Doc's. how to Develop Accountability
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.